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Gerald Francis Fitzgerald Gerald Francis Fitzgerald, of Barrington Hills, Ill. and Naples, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2010, at age 85. He was born July 6, 1925 in Chicago. Mass for Mr. Fitzgerald will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness, Ill. Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine, Ill. Visitation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine. He was a graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. Mr. Fitzgerald served in the European Theatre during World War II as a U.S. Army sergeant in the Combat Engineers. After the war, he completed his college education at Northwestern University, where he received a B.S. in commerce. In 1961, he founded the Suburban Bank Group of Palatine, Ill. which eventually grew to 13 banks and 31 locations before merging with Bank of Montreal's Harris Bank in 1994. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Marjorie Gosselin Fitzgerald, whom he married in 1949 after meeting at Northwestern; sons, Gerald F. Fitzgerald Jr. (married to Denise McMahon Fitzgerald), an Illinois banker; James G. Fitzgerald (married to Jane Rabyk Fitzgerald), a Wisconsin and Colorado banker; attorney Thomas G. Fitzgerald (married to Joyce Mancari Fitzgerald) a New Mexico and Colorado banker; his daughter, Julie Ann Fitzgerald, an art historian; former U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (married to Nina Kerstiens Fitzgerald), founder of a bank in McLean, Va.; and nine grandchildren, Andrew (married to Carolyn Hovde Fitzgerald), Lauren, Timothy, Elyse, Thomas Jr., Celine, Marguerite, Jake and Shannon. His parents, John J. and Olivia Trader Fitzgerald, his brothers, John and Alan, and his sister, Jean Fitzgerald Swanson, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of Mr. Fitzgerald's favorite charities, the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067. For more information, call 847-359-8020 or go to

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November 18, 2010
To Peter, Nina, Jake, and the entire FitzGerald family~
So Sorry to hear this news. Our prayers are with you, your Mother, and the family. He was a legend with a wonderful legacy of great family.
Dan and Jeanine, Colleen and Chad, Shannon, and Daniel
Jeanine Varroney
November 16, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to Marjorie, our Kappa Kappa Gamma sister, and her whole family. We are all "here" for you when you return to Naples.
Collier County Alumnae of Kappa Kappa Gamma
November 11, 2010
My deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with the entire Fitzrgerald family during this difficult time. I am very grateful to Mr. Fitzgerald and his son Gerry for the opportunities they gave me to start my career in banking with Suburban National Bank. I have many fond memories and friendships from my days at North Brockway and Northwest Highway in Palatine.
Gregory Ohm
November 10, 2010
Our sympathy is with the whole Fitzgerald family. We fondly remember our trip with Gerry and our Dad, John Henebry to Alaska back in about 1978. We flew in Dad's LeBaron plane and we all had a fun time. I remember having many great discussions with Gerry over dinner. He had a great world view.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John & Linda Henebry
John Henebry
November 6, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Gerald Fitzgerald Sr. Mr. Fitzgerald was always a dignifed and thoughtful man. Hoping you will find comfort in many special memories. Our sincere sympathy to all of his family. It was a pleasure working for him and his sons at Suburban Bank and Harris. May the Lord bless you and give you comfort.
Marge & Vince Bednar
November 5, 2010
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. It was an honor to have met him when we worked together at Harris. May God's peace be over your family.
Alis Luciano
November 5, 2010
It has been along time since my days at Bell Fed. & working with Gerry at his PR firm. The last time we met was I was working a thrift & which his bank was interested in buying. I always had the greatest respect for him & always felt comfortable in our relationship, which something you can not say about everyone.
Bill Drevant
November 4, 2010
Mrs. Fitzgerald, Senator, and family, my deepest condolences on your loss. May God Bless You All.
Adrienne Rubinkowski
November 4, 2010
To Marjorie and family
November 4, 2010
To Marjorie and family
November 4, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Fitzgerald Family. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Fitzgerald Sr. and his sons.
Susan Kilroy
November 4, 2010
To Marjorie and all the Fitzgeralds: Our families were intertwined for many happy years. Joan always had a quip or two for Gerry, whenever their paths crossed. He will be missed by all of us. Our sincere sympathy,
Tom Geldermann and family
November 4, 2010
To Marjorie and all the Fitzgerad Family. I was saddened to hear of Mr. Fitzgerald's passing. I enjoyed his company whenever he came into the Naples Harris Bank office before I retired last January. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely, Charles V. Carroll, Jr. Naples Florida
Charles Carroll
November 3, 2010
To the Fitzgerald Clan; it is with heartfelt sympathy we extend our condolences to you all. Our families have shared over 50 years of working together, laughing together, and a lifetime of wonderful memories growing up together in Inverness. Thanks Gerry for reminding me about the "school bus" hierarchy. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days and months ahead. The Lynch Clan.
Mary Lynch Graff
November 3, 2010
Praying for you Gerry, for strength for the family in your time of need. Know that we are here for you. Our heart is with your Mom...
Wes and Melodie Dixon
November 3, 2010
Dear Gerry and Denise, We want to offer our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family after the passing of your Father. I remember meeting him at the Delta Chi House our Freshmen year. He truly was an impressive individual and had a tremendous family. He has left a great legacy with his family and surely impacted countless people in his capacity of husband, father, friend, and business leader.
Hope we can see you sometime with the other ranchers soon. Rex and Carol
Rex Wilkinson
November 3, 2010
On behalf of the Race family, we pass along our condolences to the Fitzgerald family. Charlie Race, River Forest
Charles Race
November 2, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to Mom Fitzgerald,dear Jewels, Gerry, Jimmy, Tommy and the Honorable Peter Gosselin Fitzgerald on the loss of my mentor,former father-in-law and dear friend Gerald
Patrick Schauer
November 2, 2010
Condolences to Peter and his family during this time of sorrow....God Bless you....Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson
November 2, 2010
Our condolences to Gerald Jr. and and his family.
Mary Ann and Mel Jiganti
(Neighbors in Naples)
November 2, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to Peter, Gerry Jr. and the entire Fitzgerald Clan.

Senator Patrick O'Malley and Mary Judith O'Malley
Jensen Beach, Florida & Palos Park, Illinois
November 2, 2010
My condolences to Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and his family.
Bill Hogan
Lockport, IL
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